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CIHR Skin Research Training Centre
Scholar Support
Knowledge development
On successful completion of the SRTC curriculum, SRTC scholars will have:
  1. Successfully completed a compulsory skin research foundations course.
  2. Successfully completed an advanced original research investigation.
  3. Built a customized, advanced skin research data portfolio.
  4. Published original research or reviews in leading medical journals.
Personal development
On successful completion of the SRTC curriculum, SRTC scholars will:
  1. Have developed and demonstrated professionalism toward class participation.
  2. Be able to develop a critically reflective practice in the context of research and patient interaction.
  3. Be responsive to the values of inclusive education that provides for individual differences, backgrounds, needs and abilities of students.
  4. Be able to plan and assess, safe and effective clinical and research experiences, using a variety of methods.
  5. Be able to facilitate active learning, critical thinking and problem-solving skills between trainees and between trainees and faculty.
  6. Be able to promote personal, social and ethical responsibility through experiential learning.
  7. Have developed a portfolio file for their future career development.
Professional development
On successful completion of the SRTC curriculum, SRTC scholars will:
  1. Be able to apply and integrate skin disease and skin research content knowledge in the context of dermatological research and clinical application.
  2. Have developed research expertise focused on a specific skin issue (disease, biological function).
  3. Be able to think critically about contemporary clinical and research issues in the context of dermatology.
  4. Have eveloped skills needed to effectively interact with basic and clinical skin investigators across the full translational spectrum.
Intellectual skills: application
On successful completion of the SRTC curriculum, SRTC trainees will be able to:
For module 1. The Skin in Health
  1. Articulate the process of skin embryogenesis.
  2. Describe the basic biological structure and function of the skin.
  3. Explain the structure and function of skin appendages.
  4. Explain the structure and function of the skin immune system.
  5. Articulate theories of skin health involvement in systemic health.
For module 2. The Skin in Disease
  1. Define common inflammatory skin disorders and their treatment.
  2. Describe common skin infections and their treatment.
  3. Describe common skin neoplasias and their treatment.
  4. Articulate the role of genetics in skin biology and disorders.
  5. Articulate the distinction between genetic and environmental disorders.
  6. Identify the major environmental factors which impact skin disease and care.
For module 3. Basic Skin Research Methods
  1. Correctly set up and use a microscope.
  2. Conduct common histochemical staining procedures on skin tissues.
  3. Articulate the use of genomics and proteomics in skin research.
  4. Conduct simple immunologic techniques in skin research.
  5. Culture cells derived from the skin.
  6. Articulate the need and use of animal models.
  7. Characterize and emulate Good Laboratory Practice.
For module 4. Clinical Skin Research Methods
  1. Articulate clinical trials phases I to IV.
  2. Describe the essential pharmacology of the skin.
  3. Compile a time sequence of drug and device development steps.
  4. Characterize and emulate Good Clinical Practice.
For module 5. Skin Research and Society
  1. Implement ethics and regulatory issues in developing a research protocol.
  2. Write and submit an intellectual property (patent) application.
  3. Debate and defend a cause, idea, or policy related to skin disease.
  4. Develop a skin disease prevention strategy for public dissemination.
  5. Address cultural and gender specific issues in the development of disease prevention and treatment strategies.
  6. Articulate the psychosocial and economic impacts of skin health and disease.
For module 6. Bioinformatics & Epidemiology
  1. Describe the epidemiology of common skin disorders and their impact on Canadian society.
  2. Articulate and utilize bioinformatics in a skin research protocol.
  3. Articulate and utilize biostatistics design in a skin research protocol.
  4. Articulate hypotheses and approaches to test hypotheses in a skin research protocol.
Intellectual skills: synthesis
On successful completion of the SRTC curriculum, SRTC trainees will able to:
  1. Contrast and compare different methodologies of clinical skin research.
  2. Contrast and compare different methodologies of laboratory skin research.
  3. Design basic plans for clinical research trials for experimental treatments.
  4. Design laboratory research projects to address hypotheses in dermatology.
  5. Write abstracts based on medical research.
  6. Synthesize knowledge from professional sources and write a review article on dermatologically related topics for publication.
  7. Write grant proposals on aspects of dermatology.
  8. Design and present posters on aspects of dermatology.
  9. Design and present powerpoint presentations on aspects of dermatology.
Practical skills: application
On successful completion of the SRTC curriculum, scholars will be able to:
  1. Effectively convey ideas and information for different professional and academic audiences.
  2. Effectively convey information on skin disorders to patients and the general public.
  3. Employ appropriate information technology skills in order to determine skin disease trends.
  4. Use web-creation tools to produce an interactive web site in aspects of skin disease.
  5. Use powerpoint software to produce effective slides and posters for data dissemination.
  6. Use the Canadian common CV format web site for development of professional CVs.
  7. Be able to conduct laboratory research procedures pertinent to their field of research specialization, or,
  8. Be able to conduct patient evaluation investigations.
Key/transferable skills
On successful completion of the SRTC curriculum, students will be able to:
  1. Work effectively as part of a team.
  2. Reflectively evaluate their own learning and personal planning processes.
  3. Explain personal future roles in skin research and disease treatment in Canada.
  4. Prioritize skin research development objectives for themselves in their learning plan.
  5. Utilize knowledge gained for development and completion of their advanced research project.

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